BARNEYS HONOUR is holding his form well, despite rocketing up the weights, and was a fair third off his new mark at Gowran nine days ago. A 7lb claimer takes over the reins from Paul Carberry and that gives him a chance of returning to the winner's enclosure. Sir Ector will have needed last week's run at Naas and has a chance on his form last summer but Miley Shah, Silk Hall and Shamiran have been off the track for a while, as has The Four Elms. Mount Colah could be interesting, however, as he had little chance at the weights at Leopardstown earlier this month and should find this more to his liking. Seader won at Ayr in January and is another to consider.
Miley Shah (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) (poor visibility) led and clear, reduced advantage 4 out, headed somewhere around 3 out, weakened, last of 7, 33l behind Busty Brown (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Nov.
Silk Hall (UAE) 14-1 (10-13) Raced last of the 6, mistake 6 out, progress 2 out, 3rd into straight, challenged in 2nd at last, gained narrow lead and stayed on well run-in, won at Galway 2m 4f hdl gd in Aug '11 beating Now This Is It (11-2) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Mount Colah (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Prominent and led after 1st, raced keenly and clear with 2nd from 3rd, hit 4 out and extended advantage next, strongly pressed and headed next, no impression on easy winner from early straight and dropped to 3rd last, no extra, 8th of 14, 23l behind Fosters Cross (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl sft.
Shamiran (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Chased leader in 2nd, led after 3 out, ridden and challenged 2 out, soon disputed, narrowly headed run-in, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Lough Ferrib (10-12) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl hvy in Sep.
Barneys Honour (IRE) 10-3fav (10-5) Waited with towards rear, some headway from before 4 out, ridden to chase leaders and no impression from 2 out, ran on without threatening, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Competitive Edge (10-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs hvy.
The Four Elms (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Settled behind leaders, moderate 5th halfway, 4th 3 out, ridden and closer before straight, under pressure 2 out, no impression in 3rd last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Mulleady (10-7) at Limerick 2m 2f 4yo hdl sft in Oct.
Sir Ector (USA) 16-1 (10-8) Towards rear, behind 3 out, no impression straight, 18th of 19, 46l behind Dressedtothenines (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft.
Kilmainham (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Reluctant leader at ordinary pace, not always fluent jumping, attempted to assert straight, strongly pressed and joined from 2 out, headed last, not match winner and kept on run-in, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Corbally (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl sft in Feb.
First Impressions (IRE) 40-1 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, 12th 2 out, no threat in straight and kept on one pace, 11th of 18, 8l behind Summer Star (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft.
Seader (USA) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, closed when not fluent 6th, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Mighty Whitey (11-5) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Imperial Shabra (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, weakened 3 out, last of 5, well behind Sizing Europe (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Florimund 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division on outer, 10th 3 out, soon ridden, kept on one paced, 7th of 19, 24l behind Rockyaboya (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft.